Have you ever had a conversation with your family about death and how you wish to be interred? Are you interested in following traditional burial practices or are you leaning more towards the idea of cremation? Have you ever considered purchasing a family columbarium?

The family columbarium is a new concept in many North American cemeteries. Like a traditional family crypt or tomb (which is designed for full body burial), the family columbarium is designed to inter family cremains in a smaller more personalized niche structure. Some families prefer this cremation interment option to in-ground burial or the larger commercial columbaria now offered in many cemeteries.

Something you may not have considered, is that the family columbarium in some cases can be more economical than traditional in-ground burial, as some standard family columbaria are designed to hold up to 8 to 12 urns. Only one plot needs to be purchased. Only one monument (the columbarium) needs to be purchased. Onsite engravings or bronze plaques can be added to the columbarium as needed.

Columbarium Niches

Choosing a family columbarium is both a very personal and collective decision. The family columbarium can be customized to define a distinguished style that future generations will appreciate and honour. The style can evoke familial themes and reveal historical traditions that are most loved and cherished about the family. Using high-quality materials, the columbarium is designed to withstand the test of time and leave a lasting legacy.

If you plan to purchase a family columbarium, consider the following:

• Quality Construction

Memories can last forever, especially if they are engraved in stone. Selecting the best manufacturer to build the columbarium will provide greater peace of mind. Sound engineering, key lockable inner security niche doors and 100% granite exteriors are essential components to look for when purchasing a family columbarium. Whether it is standard unit or a custom design, choose a manufacturer that can create a beautiful structure that ensures your family columbarium design is worth the investment.

• Personalized graphic design

Select a columbarium manufacturer that can design a product that reflects your personal tastes. Additional graphic designs, engravings, laser etching and even photos can be added to the columbarium in order to help customize the structure. Don’t hesitate to ask the graphic design department about the various design options for creating a unique family columbarium that represents your family’s traditions and close ties. The design possibilities are endless.

Steeped in family tradition and true devotion, relatives often chose to be interred within close proximity to one another. The connections we have with family runs deep. Holding onto those close ties is now possible for those who choose above ground cremation interment. For many, the family columbarium is an ideal interment option. As the trend towards cremation continues to increase, consider a custom or standard family columbarium to memorialize “The Family”.

The Family Columbarium is “For You. For Yours. Forever.”